Plans are underway by overzealous European lawmakers to pass a bill banning teens under the age of 16 using social media without their parents’ permission. That sounds a bit unfair to us.
The proposed amendment to the European Data Protection Regulation, would change the legal age to use social media from age 13 to 16.
The change to the law’s generated, quite rightly, some controversy with experts arguing that cutting teens off from social media is unfair and may be harmful to them.
In a recent article for The Huffington Post, Larry Magid the CEO for ConnectSafely.org wrote: “We need youth to be involved in cross-border conversations to solve some the world’s most critical challenges including global terrorism and climate change.”
Mr Magid also claimed that social media plays an important role in preventing suicides and helping distressed teenagers, he said:
Social media services are frequently used by younger teens to seek help or just let others know about their distress. I have heard of numerous cases where suicides have been prevented as a result of teens reaching out, along with even more cases of teens seeking or getting help when dealing with such things as physical abuse, sexual harassment, bullying and self-harm.
Twitter hasn’t reacted well to the news.
Some pointed out the potential dangers.
This policy isn’t protecting teens. It’s silencing their voices and for many, is directly depriving them from… https://t.co/ueuULPsNDf
— Hypnotix Music (@hypnotixmusic) December 13, 2015
Others just weren’t happy with the news.
Europe is pushing to ban teens under 16 from social media. Not okay. https://t.co/FG778a6dyO
— Katie Mitchell (@thxpal) December 12, 2015